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For anthropologists it has always been necessary to question and confront the components of religion, in order to understand its influence in society. In the second edition of the highly acclaimed Reader in the Anthropology of Religion, Michael Lambek collects some of the most significant classic and contemporary writings on the subject, creating an unparalleled guide to the past, present, and future of the field.Including nine additional selections, among them classic pieces by Pouillon, Burridge, and Meyerhoff, as well as more contemporary work by Harding, De Boeck, and Palmi é, this volume examines numerous aspects of religion in a diversity of cultures, and expands upon the idea of what we mean by 'religion ', linking it to some of the broader questions of culture and politics. Lambek begins with a general introduction to familiarize the reader with the subject matter, and then prefaces each selection with helpful contextual remarks and suggestions for further reading. Additionally, the inclusion of research tools and an extensive bibliography indexed by both ethnographic region and religious topics and practices lends unsurpassed accessibility to this text.
Michael Lambek is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is author of The Weight of the Past: Living with History in Mahajanga, Madagascar (2002), Knowledge and Practice in Mayotte (1993), and Human Spirits (1981), and co-editor of Tense Past: Cultural Essays in Trauma and Memory (1996) and Illness and Irony: On the Ambiguity of Suffering in Culture (2004) (both with Paul Antze).
Table of Contents
|Preface to Second Edition||p. xi|
|General Introduction||p. 1|
|The Context of Understanding and Debate||p. 19|
|Opening Frameworks||p. 21|
|Religion in Primitive Culture||p. 23|
|The Elementary Forms of Religious Life||p. 34|
|The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism||p. 48|
|Religion as a Cultural System||p. 57|
|Skeptical Rejoinders||p. 77|
|Remarks on Frazer's Golden Bough||p. 79|
|Religion, Totemism and Symbolism||p. 82|
|Remarks on the Verb "To Believe"||p. 90|
|Christians as Believers||p. 97|
|The Construction of Religion as an Anthropological Category||p. 110|
|Poiesis: The Composition of Religious Worlds||p. 127|
|Signs and Symbols||p. 129|
|The Logic of Signs and Symbols||p. 131|
|The Problem of Symbols||p. 139|
|On Key Symbols||p. 151|
|The Virgin of Guadalupe: A Mexican National Symbol||p. 160|
|Structure, Function, and Interpretation||p. 167|
|Myth in Primitive Psychology||p. 168|
|Folk Dialectics of Nature and Culture||p. 176|
|Land Animals, Pure and Impure||p. 183|
|A Jivaro Version of Totem and Taboo||p. 196|
|Text-Building, Epistemology, and Aesthetics in Javanese Shadow Theatre||p. 206|
|Moral Inversions and Spaces of Disorder||p. 225|
|The Winnebago Trickster Figure||p. 226|
|Witchcraft and Sexual Relations: An Exploration in the Social and Semantic Implications of the Structure of Belief||p. 238|
|The Politics and Poetics of Transgression||p. 253|
|Conceptualizing the Cosmos||p. 265|
|Closure and Multiplication: An Essay on Polynesian Cosmology and Ritual||p. 267|
|Cosmological Deixis and Amerindian Perspectivism||p. 280|
|Praxis: Religious Action||p. 299|
|The Movement in Ritual: Emergence||p. 301|
|The Control of Experience: Symbolic Action||p. 302|
|Form and Meaning of Magical Acts||p. 311|
|Liminality and Communitas||p. 326|
|Gender, Subjectivity, and the Body||p. 341|
|"Jewish Comes Up in You from the Roots"||p. 342|
|Fate in Relation to the Social Structure||p. 350|
|Medusa's Hair: An Essay on Personal Symbols and Religious Experience||p. 356|
|Spirits and Selves in Northern Sudan: The Cultural Therapeutics of Possession and Trance||p. 368|
|The Poetics of Time in Mayan Divination||p. 386|
|What Ritual Does: The Foundations of Order||p. 397|
|The Disconnection between Power and Rank as a Process||p. 398|
|Enactments of Meaning||p. 410|
|Historical Dynamics: Power, Modernity, and Change||p. 429|
|Capitalism, Colonialism, Christianity, and Conflict||p. 431|
|New Heaven, New Earth||p. 432|
|The Genesis of Capitalism amongst a South American Peasantry: Devil's Labor and the Baptism of Money||p. 447|
|The Colonization of Consciousness||p. 464|
|Convicted by the Holy Spirit: The Rhetoric of Fundamental Baptist Conversion||p. 479|
|On Being Shege in Kinshasa: Children, the Occult and the Street||p. 495|
|Religious Ethics and Politics in the State, Public Sphere, and Transnational Scene||p. 507|
|Civil Religion in America||p. 509|
|Shamanic Practices and the State in Northern Asia: Views from the Center and Periphery||p. 519|
|"Using the Past to Negate the Present": Ritual Ethics and State Rationality in Ancient China||p. 533|
|Passional Preaching, Aural Sensibility, and the Islamic Revival in Cairo||p. 544|
|Moral Landscapes: Ethical Discourses among Orthodox and Diaspora Jains||p. 560|
|Candomble in Pink, Green and Black: Re-scripting the Afro-Brazilian Religious Heritage in the Public Sphere of Salvador, Bahia||p. 573|
|Martyr vs. Martyr: The Sacred Language of Violence||p. 590|
|Evidence and Presence, Spectral and Other||p. 598|
|Research Tools||p. 611|
|A Guide to the Literature||p. 613|
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